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Aerial image of buildings destroyed by earthquake in Padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia, 03 Oct 2009
Sat. 03 Oct 2009 1110 UTC

Earthquake Cripples Indonesian City of Padang

Undersea earthquake that hit Indonesian Island of Sumatra originated only 50 kilometers from city

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Some people are only eating one meal a day

UN Group Demands Better Rescue Efforts In Disasters

Appeal comes at regional conference in Budapest, Hungary of the UN's International Search And Rescue Advisory Group

China's Premier Wen Jiabao (file photo)

Chinese Premier Wen in North Korea

Meeting with Kim amid signs Pyongyang could restart nuclear talks

Image taken from video released by Hamas, 02 Oct 2009, shows Israeli soldier Sgt. Gilad Schalit held captive for more than three years in Gaza Strip

Israel-Hamas Prisoner Swap Faces Obstacles Audio Clip Available

Father of captive Israeli soldier not optimistic about son's release, despite a videotape published on Friday showing he is alive, well

UN peacekeepers monitor the truce in southern Lebanon

12,000 UN Peacekeepers Keep the Peace in Southern Lebanon Video clip available

They monitor fragile truce as well as help with economic and educational development

Swiss aid workers in Padang  4.10.09
Aid workers in Sumatra are increasingly pessimistic about finding more survivors, four days after a devastating tremor.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao arrives in North Korea as pressure mounts on Pyongyang to resume six-party nuclear talks.

Greeks go to the polls shortly in a snap general election that many expect to result in a change of government.

The runaway currency

The Need for Border-based Aid

Humanitarian agencies in Rangoon cannot supply aid to eastern Burma, so cross-border assistance from Thailand must continue.

Suu Kyi, Junta Liaison Officer Hold Meeting

Aung San Suu Kyi meets with the Burmese junta’s liaison officer for the first time in nearly two years.

Burmese Junta’s Allies Call for Suu Kyi's Release

China and other allies of Burma’s ruling military regime have joined an international call for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi.

Weekly Business Roundup (October 3, 2009)

A European pension fund with investment assets of over US $6 billion has blacklisted the South Korean industrial conglomerate Daewoo International because of its activities in Burma.

Rangoon under Tight Security Again

With the deadline for a Burmese junta apology to monks set for Saturday, extra security forces appear on Rangoon streets.

Regime Pressures Traders Not to Increase Prices

Burmese traders are under increasing pressure from the military government to keep their prices stable following Friday’s introduction of the 5,000 kyat (US $5) banknote.

ENC wants ethnic groups to contest 2010 elections

A group of Burma’s ethnic political organizations in exile – the Ethnic Nationalities Council (ENC) - has urged US Senator James Webb not to condemn the junta’s 2010 election before...

US embassy to put up lawyers for detained citizen

The US embassy in Rangoon has got in touch with lawyers to defend its detained citizen, Aung Kyaw Zaw, arrested on arrival in the former Burmese capital’s international...

ASEAN to raise US$ 103 million for post-Nargis activities

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ Tripartite Core Group will raise US$ 103 million for Post-Nargis Humanitarian Activities, even as it has established an “ASEAN Cooperation...

Rejection of Aung San Suu Kyi’s appeal ‘legally flawed’: Defence lawyer

Detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s lawyer on Friday said the Rangoon division court’s decision to reject the appeal against her sentence is “legally flawed” as...

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